Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi says defending the Premiership title remains top of his New Year's resolution list.
The Buccaneers returned to training last week following the
Christmas break and will now set out on regaining full match fitness
ahead of the resumption of the league on February 15.
Pirates have already scooped the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout titles
this season, and they will now shift their attentions to successfully
defending the Nedbank Cup, and more importantly the PSL crown.
"This is a time when we look towards the year and begin to map
our future as we prepare to take on the challenges that will come our
way," he told the club's official website.
"The same applies with us at the club. Having had one of our most
successful years in the club's history last year, many of our
supporters will be expecting much of the same as we resume our quest to
defend the league and Nedbank Cup titles. Of course, this is easier said
than done, however the number one item on my list for my New Year's
resolutions is defending the league.
"The league is what all great teams around the world are measured
by and as defending champions of this prestigious competition, we have
to go out of our way to protect it."
The Bucs' quest for back-to-back league titles will prove no easy
task though, and the skipper is all too aware of that fact, given the
side's rocky performances in the first half of the campaign.
He added: "It won't be easy because every other team out there
will be aiming to dethrone us from our position. We are currently
trailing Mamelodi Sundowns by seven points and cannot afford to drop any
"It is imperative that we restart the season with three
back-to-back victories to get back in contention of the title. We cannot
allow the pacesetters to increase the gap to more than it is